.B Yoga Leicester
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1 What is Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga and is focused on achieving precision and alignment of poses (asanas) through the use of props.
Iyengar Yoga is based on the teaching of the late B. K. S. Iyengar, who is recognised as one of the world’s most influential yoga teachers.
2 How is it different from other styles of Yoga?
Here is what is different about Iyengar Yoga. As a beginner to the Iyengar system, you start with the absolute basics. Your teacher is trained to guide you through each asana, to build up each pose from the base: from the correct placement of the feet on the mat you learn how to align the hips, shoulders and the torso in standing asanas.
When seated you learn how to keep the weight balanced on the seat bones, and then how to maintain the vertical alignment of the spine when performing e.g. seated twists, or forward bends.
When performing asana, where there is stiffness (e.g. unable to sit cross legged without discomfort, tight hamstrings, unable to reach the toes), or injury (e.g. knee, back or neck pain), belts, bricks, blankets and bolsters are used to provide you with access to the postures without losing the aim: to
achieve the correct alignment.
With this level of attention and hands on approach from the teacher, you will find yourself learning yoga, not just doing yoga.
Through the use of props B. K. S. Iyengar has essentially democratized yoga, so everyone can have access to it.
3 Who is it suitable for?
Iyengar Yoga can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, shape, flexibility or level of experience.
This is because Iyengar Yoga involves the use of props (blocks, bricks, belts and bolsters) to enable every student to work to their full potential and attain the correct alignment and desired action in each asana.
4 What should I know/be prepared for before my first class?
If you have a medical condition, recent surgery or injury please contact .B Yoga prior to attending class, as there are some conditions our teacher may not be qualified to teach, with the Iyengar Yoga Introductory Level Certificate.
The Iyengar method requires use of props, in the form of bricks, blocks, bolsters etc. At .B Yoga we are able to provide a set of equipment for every class. Regular practitioners are then encouraged to purchase their own props as they continue their practice.
5 What can I expect to gain from coming to an Iyengar class?
With regard to your first class, expect to be able to do every yoga pose/asana.
After just a few lessons of Iyengar Yoga you can start to experience the benefits of practicing yoga where the hips and shoulders feel more open, increase in energy levels, better sleep, dullness in the body starts to diminish. Male students start to benefit from having more flexibility in their hamstrings. Students experiencing anxiety and stress who have come to classes describe how keeping up a regular practice has helped them.
With continued practice the body develops strength and flexibility which can be
attributed to the longer duration that poses are held in Iyengar Yoga.
6 Why do you love Iyengar Yoga?
Iyengar Yoga provides a practical and methodical approach to yoga, as there are many people who suffer from stiffness, weakness and would never consider trying yoga, believing it is out of their realm of possibilities to have as a regular activity. The idea puts them off, even though they are aware of the benefits of yoga.
As someone who suffered from weakness and stiffness, my first Iyengar class changed me. It provided me a place to start my practice in a slow and methodical manner, allowing my weak and stiff body the chance to open up and strengthen. It also allowed me to bring attention and awareness to the body, away from my otherwise very consumed mind.
The Iyengar method offers classes at multiple levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced), so it is lifelong learning, exploration of the mind, body and the self. At present I am qualified as an introductory level teacher and am qualified to teach Beginners Level 1 and Level 2 classes. At present, all classes at .B.Yoga are Beginners Level 1 classes.
The best part about being a yoga teacher is being able to provide the teachings, and witness people come to class and see them transform themselves through their own dedication, concentration and perseverance. They teach and inspire me everyday.